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Michael Jones

Sir Michael Niko Jones is a New Zealand former rugby union player and coach. He was named by Rugby World magazine as the third best All Black of the 20th century after Colin Meads and Sean Fitzpatrick. John Hart, who first selected him for Auckland, called him "almost the perfect rugby player".

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Alan Jones

Alan Belford Jones AO is an Australian radio broadcaster. He is a former coach of the Australian National Rugby Union Team and rugby league coach and administrator. He has worked as a school teacher, a speech writer in the office of the Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, and in musical theatre. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, and completed a one-year teaching diploma at Worcester College, Oxford. He has received civil and industry awards.


Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones is an Australian rugby union coach and former player, who has been the head coach of the England national team since 2015. He previously coached Australia between 2001 and 2005, taking the team to the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final. He was an assistant coach for South Africa when the Springboks won the 2007 Rugby World Cup and from 2012 to 2015 he coached Japan, leading them in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and their upset win over South Africa.


Warren Gatland

Warren David Gatland, OBE is a New Zealand rugby union coach, currently the head coach of Wales. Since he became coach in 2007, Wales have won four Six Nations titles, including three Grand Slams, and reached the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup. Gatland was also head coach of the British and Irish Lions on their 2013 tour of Australia, where they won the Test series 2-1, and 2017 tour of New Zealand, when the series was drawn.


Chester Williams

Chester Mornay Williams was a South African rugby union rugby player. He played as a winger for the Springboks from 1993 to 2000. Williams also played rugby for the Western Province in the Currie Cup.


Josef Schmidt

Josef Schmidt is a New Zealand-born rugby union coach, who was the head coach of Ireland from 2013-2019. In five years under his leadership, Ireland have won three Six Nations Championships, and recorded their first-ever wins over his home nation of New Zealand. Schmidt's first head coaching role in Europe was with Leinster Rugby, beginning in 2010. He brought unprecedented success to the province, reaching six finals and winning four trophies in three years. He was previously an assistant coach with the Blues and Clermont Auvergne.


John Kirwan

Sir John James Patrick Kirwan is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player of both rugby union and rugby league.


Jacques Nienaber

Jacques Nienaber 16 October 1972 is a South African rugby union coach, currently the Defence Coach at Irish Pro14 and European Rugby Champions Cup side Munster.


Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a rugby union coach, who is most prominent for having coached the Scotland men's national rugby union team between 2003 and 2005, having the worst win rate of any permanent Scottish head coach in history. In addition, Williams has coached club sides in Australia, Ireland, and other parts of Europe. Today, Williams is also a radio and television pundit.


John Dobson

John Dobson is a South African rugby union coach, currently the head coach of Currie Cup side Western Province.


Joy Neville

Joy Neville is a former Ireland women's rugby union international and a current rugby union referee. As a player Neville represented Ireland at both the 2006 and 2010 Women's Rugby World Cups. In 2009 Neville captained the first Ireland team to defeat France. In 2013 she was also a member of the first Ireland women's team to win the Six Nations, Grand Slam and Triple Crown titles. After retiring as a player, Neville became a referee. She has taken charge of matches in the Women's Six Nations Championship, the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series and the Women's Rugby World Cup, including the 2017 final. In addition to refereeing women's rugby union, Neville has also achieved a number of firsts as a female referee in the men's game. In 2016 Neville served as an assistant referee for a European Rugby Challenge Cup game between Bath and Bristol, making her the first woman to officiate in a professional European rugby match.


Rob Baxter

Rob Baxter is the director of rugby of Aviva Premiership rugby team Exeter Chiefs. He previously played for the club for 14 years, 10 of them as captain. Baxter has also both captained and coached the Barbarians.


Michael Cheika

Michael Cheika is an Australian rugby union coach and a former rugby player. He is currently coach of the Australian national team. Cheika has Lebanese ancestry. He is the only coach to have won the major rugby club competition in each hemisphere, winning the Heineken Cup with Leinster in 2009 and the Super Rugby competition with the New South Wales Waratahs in 2014. During his career, Cheika was also head coach at Padova, Randwick and Stade Français.


Rob Penney

Rob Penney is a former New Zealand rugby union player and current head coach at Japanese team NTT Communications Shining Arcs.


Danielle Waterman

Danielle “Nolli” Waterman is a professional English rugby union and rugby sevens player. Being a member of England's national rugby union team, she is a multiple Six Nations Championship winner and became World Champion in 2014. She was selected for the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup squad.